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August 15th, 2017

Family Dollar announces renovated store grand opening

Family Dollar Stores, Inc., a leading small format and convenience retailer, has announced plans for a renovated store opening in Ruston. The store is located at 612 S. Monroe St.
“Family Dollar continues to grow and we are thrilled to be able betterserve our customers in this improved store format,” said Heather Briganti,Family Dollar spokesperson. “We are proud to be part of Ruston and are looking forward to continuing our relationship with the community.”

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RCT announces cast for production of ‘Arsenic and Old Lace’

Ruston Community Theatre recently announced the cast for its upcoming production, Joseph Kesselring’s “Arsenic and Old Lace.”
The play will be directed by Satish Bharadvaj and sponsored by Northwood Medical Center, Dr. Ben Grigsby.
Auditions took place July 29 and 31 at The Dixie Center for the Arts, and the show will open Oct. 5.
RCT is happy to welcome several new faces along with many performers familiar to our audience.
The farcical black comedy is set in 1941 in Brooklyn, New York at the Brewster family home.

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Living in a digital world: Proper cellphone etiquette

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According to the Emily Post Institute, “We can all be more cognizant of how we use our mobile technology and how our usage may impact others around us — at home, on the road, in the office and whenever we are in public.” 
The truth is, I have a lot of disdain for cell phones.
Do you ever sit in your car at a traffic light, see the person in the car behind you on the phone and hope that they pay attention and stop?
Do you ever get stuck behind a car going 50 mph on the interstate because the driver is busy on the phone?

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Allen wins silver at USATF meet

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Despite suffering an injury, John Allen left an international meet this weekend with one of its top medals.
The former Louisiana Tech University javelin thrower captured the silver medal at the 2017 United States Track and Field Federation(USATF) North and Central America and Caribbean Games held in Toronto.
Allen finished with a throw of 143.7664 feet (43.82) in the 65-69 age division after popping a groin muscle in the prelims and could not throw in the finals.

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G-Men hold first full scrimmage

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GRAMBLING — The Grambling State University football team took the field for its first full scrimmage of preseason training camp that was originally scheduled for Saturday but was postponed due to weather until Tuesday.
Players on both sides of the ball got an opportunity to showcase to the coaches the progress they have made so far during preseason training camp, as the season opener versus Tulane is rapidly approaching.

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Make family memories around the meal table

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What a great time to remind us about the benefits of eating family meals together.
School is back in full swing. Life will be more scheduled less relaxed than summer time.
There will be school activities, dance classes, scheduled sports activities, many appointments and don’t forget homework.
I remember those days and they were hectic.
Just a side bar here, these years go fast. Make memories.

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Football season is finally here

The start of college football season always brings a sense of “newness,” but never more so than in 2017 for Louisiana Tech and Grambling State universities.
Much of that is due to upgrades at both Joe Aillet Stadium and Eddie Robinson Memorial Stadium that are currently being completed.
Louisiana Tech has added a new $18.6 million press box/skybox, funded 100 percent through private donations to “The Joe,” while GSU has replaced its natural grass field with striped artificial turf along with a new Jumbotron scoreboard.

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August 14th

Lowe’s partners with B&GC of North Central Louisiana

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From now until Sept. 5, Lowe’s Home Improvement customers in Ruston can donate $1, $5 or $10 at the register to help support the Boys and Girls Clubs of North Central Louisiana through the “Building Great Futures Together” program.
On Aug. 8, Lowe’s launched the in-store customer donation campaign in all of its more than 1,700 U.S. stores, according to a press release issued by the B&GC.

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Device to offer better images for patients, doctors

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By his own admission, not much excites Dr. Jeffrey Weeks.
But he’s ecstatic about the new 3D mammography machine that goes live at Ruston’s Green Clinic on Thursday.
“This machine will save lives,” Weeks, the clinic’s radiologist, said.
The Genius ™ 3D MAMMOGRAPHY™ exams, developed by Hologic, Inc., have shown to significantly increase the detection of breast cancer, as compared to traditional 2D mammography, while simultaneously decreasing the number of women asked to return for additional testing, Weeks said.

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Lawmakers seek bi-partisan solution to budget woes

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A bi-partisan group of state House members will hold their initial meeting today in Baton Rouge in attempt to come up with a plan that will draw enough legislative support to move Louisiana off dead-center in its looming fiscal crisis.
Rep. Rob Shadoin, R-Ruston, has been spearheading the informal group of as many a dozen lawmakers who want to try to determine if there is a middle ground. Shadoin said the group had planned to meet quietly with no media attention, but a weekly on-line Baton Rouge political newsletter got word of the gathering and published a story in its Aug. 10 edition.

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